ADA Requirements for RV Parks and Campgrounds


Recreation Facilities

Access to recreation facilities, including play areas, swimming pools, sports facilities, fishing piers, boating facilities, golf courses, and amusement rides is addressed in the ADA and ABA standards. Future provisions will cover access to trails, picnic and camping sites, and beach access routes.

  • Recreation Facilities
  • Outdoor Developed Areas – Currently only applicable to national parks and other outdoor areas developed by the federal government. Guidelines for non-federal outdoor sites covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be developed through a subsequent rule making.

Buildings & Sites – Including but not limited to

  • Existing Buildings and Facilities
  • Accessible Routes
  • Accessible Means of Egress
  • Parking Spaces & Passenger Loading Zones and Bus Stops
  • Stairways
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Kitchens, Kitchenettes, and Sinks
  • Toilet Facilities and Bathing Facilities
  • Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers
  • Transient Lodging Guest Rooms
  • Recreational Boating Facilities
  • Fishing Piers and Platforms
  • Golf & Miniature Golf Facilities
  • Play Areas
  • Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas
  • Recreation Facilities

Streets and Sidewalks

New guidelines the Board is developing will cover access to public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, intersections, street crossings, and on-street parking. The US Access Board is also addressing access to shared use paths providing off-road means of transportation and recreation.

  • Public Rights-of-Way
  • Shared Use Paths

Service Animals

ADA Publications to Assist with Compliance


Additional Tools to Assist with ADA Compliance

Special ADA Edition of CalARVC News Provides Insight & Guidance for California RV Parks. This special edition of features fifteen different articles all discussing different components and points of view. The articles will guide you through a series of steps you need to help determine if compliance is “readily-achievable,” potential consequences or gains with compliance, and ways to help prevent lawsuits and more. As of January 31, 2013, the 2010 ADA STANDARDS FOR ACCESSIBLE DESIGN are now in effect. These new standards apply to Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities and cover a variety of topics, several of which impact the RV park & campground industry.

ADA Checklist  This website and checklists were produced by the New England ADA Center, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design and a member of the ADA National Network.

Pacific ADA Center – The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.  The serve the business community and public or private entities who need to know how to better accommodate their clients or employees with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


California ADA Requirements

California Housing & Community Development (HCD) is the governing authority for California RV Parks & Campgrounds.  HCD Refers to RV park and campgrounds as Special Occupancy Parks.

HCD Information Bulletin: Accessibility in Special Occupancy Parks with Short-Term Rental or Leased Recreational Vehicles and Park Trailers.  Through this Information Bulletin, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) intends to provide interested and affected parties an overview of the accessibility laws that may apply to a Special Occupancy Park (SOP) or to
particular facilities or areas within an SOP.

In most, cases a permit will be needed for most ADA upgrades.  To confirm, check with local offices:

HCD Northern Area Office

9342 Tech Center Drive, Suite 550
3737 Main Street, Suite 400
(916) 255-2501

Southern Area Office

Sacramento, CA 95826-2581
Riverside, CA 92501-3337
(951) 782-4420